Take the pledge to vote

For a better tommorow#AajSawaroApnaKal
  • I agree to receive emails from News18

  • I promise to vote in this year's elections no matter what the odds are.
  • Please check above checkbox.


Thank you for
taking the pledge

Vote responsibly as each vote counts
and makes a diffrence


Issued in public interest by HDFC Life. HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited (Formerly HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited) (“HDFC Life”). CIN: L65110MH2000PLC128245, IRDAI Reg. No. 101 . The name/letters "HDFC" in the name/logo of the company belongs to Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited ("HDFC Limited") and is used by HDFC Life under an agreement entered into with HDFC Limited. ARN EU/04/19/13618
LIVE TV DownloadNews18 App
News18 English
News18 » India
1-min read

Spain kicks out Osama's son, denies political help

Omar bin Laden, 28, boarded a plane bound for Cairo on Saturday.

News18 |

Updated:November 9, 2008, 12:01 AM IST
facebookTwitter Pocket whatsapp
Spain kicks out Osama's son, denies political help
Omar bin Laden, 28, boarded a plane bound for Cairo on Saturday.

Madrid: Spain on Saturday deported the son of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden who had spent almost a week in the country trying to get political asylum.

Omar bin Laden, 28, boarded a plane bound for Cairo on Saturday, Spain's Interior Ministry confirmed. Bin Laden's lawyer criticized the move, saying bin Laden was being removed for political reasons.

Omar applied for asylum in Spain on Monday. He and his British wife, Zaina al-Sabah, 52, were in Madrid on a stopover for a flight from Cairo to Casablanca in Morocco.

He requested asylum on the grounds that he did not feel safe in Saudi Arabia, where he is a citizen, or in Egypt, where he lives, or in any other Arab country.

However, Spain's Interior Ministry rejected the application, saying that Omar does not face persecution in his native Saudi Arabia. It based its decision partly on a report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The decision did not allow for any appeals.

Omar termed the decision "unjust" and said he was being denied asylum purely because of his last name. While in Spain, he rejected his father's activities and termed himself a "man of peace".

Omar's attorney argued that he is harmless and is seeking asylum from political persecution. Omar was detained at the Madrid airport for his entire stay in Spain.

Omar is the fourth of 19 children fathered by Osama bin Laden. In April, he made an unsuccessful bid for political asylum in Britain.

Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox - subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what's happening in the world around you – in real time.

Read full article
Next Story
Next Story

facebookTwitter Pocket whatsapp

Live TV

Countdown To Elections Results
To Assembly Elections 2018 Results